Sunday, January 20, 2008

Purpose Driven Life - Day 8 - Planned for God's Pleasure

Well we now get to week 2 of The Purpose Driven Life and start looking at the first of the 5 purposes for our life - to worship God. As we go through the 5 purposes you'll realise they're the same ones we've been talking about over the last six months as being our purposes as a church - to reach up to God in worship, to reach out to others in evangelism and ministry and to reach in to one another in fellowship and discipleship. What a coincidence!

Monday night is the first night of the week of prayer and fasting. In keeping with this week's purpose we'll start the evening worshipping and then see where we go from there. Aim to be there ready to start at 8. I'm really hoping to be there which will be my first public outing for a couple of weeks - hope to see you there!

Simon.

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You were planned for God’s pleasure!

“You created everything, and it is for your pleasure that they exist and were created.” Revelation 4:11 (NLT)

The moment you were born into the world, God was there as an unseen witness, smiling at your birth. He wanted you alive, and your arrival gave him great pleasure. God did not need to create you, but he chose to create you for his own enjoyment. You exist for his benefit, his glory, his purpose, and his delight.

You are a child of God, and you bring pleasure to God like nothing else he has ever created. Bringing enjoyment to God - living for his pleasure - is the first purpose of your life. When you fully understand this truth, you will never again have a problem with feeling insignificant. It proves your worth.

Anything you do that brings pleasure to God is an act of worship. Like a diamond, worship is multifaceted. Worship is not a part of your life - it is your life. Praise should be the first activity when you open your eyes in the morning and the last activity when you close them at night. David said, “I will thank the Lord at all times. My mouth will always praise him.” Psalm 34:1 (GLT)

This is what real worship is all about – falling in love with Jesus.

3 comments:

irene said...

didnt make this mornings meetings...but keeping up with study at home...i like the way that the book is written...giving clear and easy to read direction...

this whole idea of bringing glory to God....through...worship ...becoming more like Christ....loving other believers...serving others...telling others about him....

it is a good clear structure on which to grow in purpose...i like this...

Bens message this evening fits in well too for me....asking God to "give me a spirit of wisdom and revelation"....to apply all that we are learning in this 40 day period..so that "the eyes of my hearts will be opened..."

how is everyone else doing...its great to chat to others at church and get their perspective too...

see you at prayer meetings

irene m

Anonymous said...

Glad to hear that you are on the mend re your health.

Really enjoying going through this book. Was encouraged reading this morning's chapter about worship and how it's not just about 'singing' but that everything we do and say should be an act of worship to Him.

Like Irene has said, Ben's message last night about having a spirit of wisdom and revelation and having the 'eyes of my heart' opened was really relevant.

Really looking forward to seeing what God is going to do during this week of prayer and fasting, not just in me but in the church as a whole.

Chris M

Helen said...

I used to say to my children as they grew up that I would always love them but that I didn't always like them for their behaviour/words/actions; I imagine God feels like that sometimes.
He may feel disappointed and unhappy by our deeds but his love for us is unconditional and only requires us to acknowledge and accept him into our life.

This book is easy to follow with 'bite size' topics and is really helping me to take a fresh look at my life.